Las Casitas de Margarita

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Escrito por Rob Heijermans desde ( el día miércoles, 23 de junio, 2004 a las 10:06:01 horas :

If you're like my wife and me, you like a very private holiday without crowds, tourist traps and tacky entertainment, Troncones is for you.

We stayed at Las Casitas de Margarita early last November and had an incredible time. Our bungalow was only a 100 metres or so from the water's edge. The Pacific was spectacular, and we saw only one palm-sized clump of seaweed all week long. We were the only ones to put our towels on the beach the entire time! A week later the whole area would have been jammed with surfers and other vacationers, but we went during the last week of the off-season. If you like to party, don't go then! (Though there were other guests at the Tropic of Cancer Beach Club next door, they hung around the pool.)

We thoroughly enjoyed the area--it's a quaint Mexican town village where one can buy fresh fruits and vegetables and tortillas right out of the oven.

Las Casitas is a wonderful spot. Our bungalow was kept spotlessly clean by the young woman who came every morning with her husband to work at the property. He designed and maintained the flower garden that lies between the casitas and the beach. As she would scrub, he would water the plants and carefully pick off dead leaves, rake, etc. I took dozens of great pictures of the tropical plants and flowers on the property.

We would take our coffee to the "palapa" (palm-thatched gazebo) every morning and enjoy the breeze and the sights and sounds of the Pacific: crashing surf, birds fishing for breakfast, the occasional local on horseback headed for work or an early errand. We ould often end our days here as well, as the palapa offers and ideal spot for watching the sunset.

Willy Parsegian, a gringo from Chicago, is a terrific host. He's a great guy and enjoys meeting and talking with his guests. His two German Shepherds were our companions on our many walks along the beach and even joined us for supper at the nearby "Burro Borracho," where we dined on shrimp quesadillas, Sangria, fresh tuna steak, and their incredible tortilla soup.

We cooked many of our own meals in Willy's outdoor kitchen, which, though rustic, is fully equipped. (If you do this, you may want to wait until after the maid has scrubbed the place out, as the geckos have been there during the night to hunt for bugs and often leave some evidence of their visit.) But the place is kept very clean and sanitized daily. There is filtered water available at all times and a delightful palm-thatched dining area where we enjoyed eating. We would also eat on the veranda of the bungalow.

We tried to take the local Jaguar Tour, but they were repairing cables for the canopy tour that day and we weren't able to go. Since we were there in the off-season, the tours were not daily and we weren't able to schedule another. This was a big disap-pointment, but we'll do that next time.

We took the local shuttle/bus trip into Zihua, and enjoyed the city very much. Their market is colorful and well-stocked with some very nicely made Mexican artifacts and souveniers. There are good deals to be had! Some great little restaurants, too.

Anita, the Canadian who manages a number of local properties including Las Casitas and the Tropic of Cancer, was extremely helpful and accommodating when we made our reservations. She answered all our questions and did everything she could to make us feel welcome.

The taxi trip from the airport costs about $40 US, so be prepared. Also make sure you bring lots of cash, as hardly anyone takes credit cards. We found this to be true not only at our accommodations, but also in the city. A few market vendors accepted VISA, but my Am/Ex card was useless. The cambio at the airport does give a good exchange rate, we found.

All told, our Troncones holiday was one of the most enjoyable and memorable trips we've ever taken--and we travel a lot. When we did the math, we discovered that being there was actually considerably cheaper than being at home! (Of course we used air miles for our flight, went before the high season, and didn't rent a car.)

If you want to get away from the rat race, experience untouched Mexico, play in the Pacific all by yourselves, and meet some very nice people while you're at it, plan a week at Las Casitas de Margarita or another of the local guest houses (some of them are 5-star and FABULOUS). You won't regret it!

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